You thought this whole Pete Rock and Lupe Fiasco situation was over? Think again. Lupe hit up Sway on his morning show earlier today to reveal that things are still unsettled between the two. Apparently, Lupe believes that he wanted to pay homage through a remake, but felt disrespected by Pete’s comments over Twitter. He also reveals that Pete gave him his blessing to do the record, and had the remake cleared by Warner/Chappell Music.
And what about those series of tweets looking like the two had moved forward? Lupe breaks down that Pete wasn't supposed to say they were working together. He tells Sway what he really meant to say. You can read some of the excerpts below. You can’t have a day without at least one rap beef to talk about.
On doing the remake and Pete's response:
"We wanted to rap over the original. The original music. We were trying to get the original files, the original sound, you couldn’t find that shit no where. When we rapped over the original instrumental, we sent it to go get cleared, Warner Chappell tells us – now this is the publishing company – they tell us, ‘You can’t clear that. That is unclearable. They have portions of that song that have never been cleared ever.’ You have to remake, right? You have to remake it. These are the people that are supposed to clear it, and they telling us we gotta remake it. We being told from Pete Rock that we got his blessing to go rock with it."
"Then he comes on Twitter the day after the joint released, on the same day it is released, and bodies me like that? And my team? Bodies my crew like that? And just shits on us like that? That’s foul. And then when we got on the phone, we didn’t have a conversation. We didn’t go on the phone, ‘Oh, I love you Pete.’ At the end of the day, I was hot. My crew was hot. The people who put it together was hot. The record company was hot. He wasn’t just on the phone with me; he was on the phone with six people. Like Pete what’s wrong with you? We are trying to pay homage to you.
On Pete's tweet about collaborating with Lupe:
"He wasn’t supposed to say that. He was supposed to say the same shit he say on the phone. ‘Yo, man. My bad. That was whack. It was disrespectful for me to say that. I was 100 percent in the wrong. I apologize.’ That’s what he was supposed to say. He wasn’t supposed to sneak about it. And a matter of fact, the reason he didn’t say when we was on the phone, he said ‘If I camp out right now, I’m going to look crazy.’ I said, ‘You god damn right you gonna look crazy. You got me looking crazy.’"
On Lupe tweeting "Shout to the Friends&Family for bringing some internal closure to this.":
"Internal closure. We reached out to him from the street side, we reached out to him from the professional side, from the personal side. The one thing I do give him the credit for and which is the absolute truth is that me and him directly talked about that record was last night on that phone call. That was the first time. He’s been talked to from my team for the last six months. He’s been aware of that record forever. Ain’t nobody steal that record, or thieve his record, or take his record. The only reason we can rap over the original because you can never clear that sample ever again."